NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - One day after an armed robbery was reported in the 7500 block of Hampson Street, members of the NOPD Tactical Intelligence Gathering and Enforcement Response, or TIGER, task force tracked down, arrested and obtained confessions from three suspects believed to be involved the incident, according to a New Orleans Police Department news release.
The robbery happened Sept. 9 at about 2:25 a.m. Two people told police they were robbed at gunpoint by an unknown black male. They said during the robbery, a second unknown black male was standing several feet away, presumably acting as a lookout. After the robbery, the two suspects then entered a getaway vehicle and fled the scene.
The next day, members of the task force, along with Second District detectives, identified Amar Vidal, 20, as the gunman; Keadrick Penn, 18, as the lookout; and Donavan Hoffpauir, 22, as the getaway driver.
Vidal and Penn have been booked with two counts of armed robbery, while Hoffpauir was booked on two counts of principal to armed robbery.
The NOPD said TIGER and other proactive efforts to reduce armed robberies across the city have led to a double-digit decrease in the number of armed robberies reported citywide year-to-date. In 2016, there have been a total of 569 armed robberies reported compared to 639 year-to-date in 2015, an 11 percent decrease.